Cystic Fibrosis Sufferer, 9, Becomes 'Iron Boy' For a Day, Gets Support From Robert Downey Jr.

A nine-year-old boy suffering from cystic fibrosis became Iron Man’s accomplice, Iron Boy, for a day and got the blessing of the man behind the mask – Robert Downey Jr.

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The actor posted a special message to Domenic Pace, who became a superhero in Sydney, Australia thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Downey, who sent the message as Iron Man’s creator and alter ego, Tony Stark, told the boy: “I don't do this very often, I'm making you an honorary member of the Avengers. I hereby dub thee. Because guess what? Iron Man loves you."

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The actor even tweeted about his new friend.

Pace helped save reporter Hope Joy from his nemesis, Ultron, and his henchmen on Thursday.


Amazing job #IronBoyAU. Baddies defeated and Make-A-Wish News reporter, Hope Joy, rescued. But something tells us your mission isn't over yet...

Posted by Make-A-Wish Australia on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Iron Boy traveled around the city by helicopter. The epic final battle came on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, where he defeated the villain and saved the world.


Meet Australia's newest Super Hero: Iron Boy! In an epic battle, #IronBoyAU defeated Ultron and his henchmen, earning...

Posted by Make-A-Wish Australia on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The boy’s bravery earned him a Medal of Valor and an action-packed day that he will remember forever.


Missed the action today? Watch #ironboyAU take a break from fighting crime to speak to The Project team!

Posted by Make-A-Wish Australia on Thursday, February 11, 2016

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